…lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. —Ephesians 4:2-3
The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility goes before honor. —Proverbs 15:33
Foundational to higher education is an assumption of an honest search of truth, in an environment conducive to the free exchange of ideas. Proverbs reminds us that foundational to True Wisdom is humility.
In today’s society we hear voices of hostility that dominate the airwaves and social media messages. We live in a time where we feel called to stand against injustice, yet are unsure and inexperienced in how to do that with humility. Imagine if there was an institution founded on the idea that we could engage with intellectual and spiritual humility – an institution that, from its founding has been anchored in this belief.
B.T. Roberts lived in a different era, but seemed to assume that the best and truest path to effect transformational social change was through an ability to engage in difficult conversations. He envisioned a place where productive dialogue would be initiated by faith and cultivated by students, faculty and staff who approached all conversations with a spirit of intellectual and spiritual humility. Beyond the concept of civil discourse, he demonstrated, and we propose, that we can challenge ourselves and others to do better than politely disagree or tolerate another’s opinion. Our faith not only anchors our words, but also our tone, our attitude, our proactive service and our responsive actions. Our head, heart and hands can and should be clothed with humility.
This is our foundation and our call. That is what is most significant and inspiring about the 1965-67 men’s basketball team, along with many other alumni. For over 151 years we have focused on remaining anchored in our faith while engaged in the world. That commitment continues today.
Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary are uniquely poised to bring something valuable to the social conversation of our time. In keeping with our mission, we will be exploring in practical ways across campus, what it means to initiate and participate in conversations with others from a posture of humility. And as a community, we have an opportunity to publicly demonstrate openness and understanding instead of polarization and divisiveness. Imagine what a difference that could make!
My prayer is that you will join us in the conversation and journey.